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Singh and Gandhi among Assam's flood victims as the rest of India runs dry
A million people are left homeless, 77 are killed and six are missing. Some 2,000 villages have been affected across the state. Monsoons are late in 83 per cent of the country. Government plans a US$ 75 million plan to forecast monsoons.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi,
president of the ruling Congress party, are in Assam today, visiting areas
where monsoon rains have left almost a million people homeless. At least 77
people have died from landslides. Another six are missing. Overall, some 2,000
villages in 27 of the northeastern state's districts are said to be under water.
prime minister announced a subsidy of 100,000 rupees (US$ 1,800) per victim. The
Defence Ministry is providing the full assistance of the army in the rescue
the people of Assam are going through what many say is the worst flood since
1998, the rest of India is dry, with serious consequences for agriculture.
with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the rains should hit northern
states at the end of this week, later than the 29 June forecast given as the
start of the monsoon season. Compared to last year, 83 per cent of the country
saw an average 31 per cent drop in rain.
seasonal monsoons, which were the exception but are now almost the rule, have
raised concerns in a country where 235 million people are farmers. For this
reason, the authorities have launched a US$ 75 million plan to study and
forecast with greater accuracy the arrival of monsoons.
plan includes the use of computer models developed by the UK and the US.
the monsoon will be a major priority of the government for the next five
years," said Shailesh Nayak, a senior official in the ministry of earth
Assam: ULFA militants kill again
Members of the United Liberation Front of Assam kill Rohini Gogoi, a teacher in a Hindi-language school. The group has been fighting for an independent Assam since 1979. In the last few months it has killed more than 70 Hindi-speaking migrants.
Hundreds of people in India's streets for the 'Iron Lady of Manipur' who is in her 15th year of hunger strike
Irom Sharmila has been fasting against martial law in the State of Manipur, which gives special powers (including full legal immunity) to members of the armed forces. This has led to human rights violations. Force-fed with a tube, the activist remains under arrest for "attempted suicide".
Fresh wave of terrorism kills eight people in last five days in Assam
Latest victim dies in market bomb attack. For police responsibility lays with secessionist United Liberation Front of Assam.
In Assam terrorism rooted in ethnic problems and unemployment
Fr V M Thomas, a Salesian priest and executive director of the Don Bosco Institute in Guwahati, explains the reasons behind the escalating violence and the explosions. Last Thursdayâ€™s blasts also hit Christians.
Indian couple requests abortion for fetal heart defect
The country's law bans abortion after the 20th week. The fetus, now in the 25th week, has heart problems that would require the insertion of a pacemaker after birth, followed by regular operations to replace it. A firm "no" from the Church, which defends the absolute principle of the "right to life".
Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)
We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.
Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities
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